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Arkansas State Parks

USA Parks
Central Arkansas Region
Petit Jean State Park
Petit Jean State Park Petit Jean Mountain Overlood © Cecil R. Theaux
Sunrise at Petit Jean Mountain Overlook reflecting on the Arkansas River just above Petit Jeans grave.
Petit Jean State Park Davies Bridge © Cecil R. Theaux
Davies Bridge in the snow.
1285 Petit Jean Mtn. Road
Morrilton, Arkansas   72110

Phone: 501-727-5441
Reservations: 501-727-5441
The natural beauty of Petit Jean Mountain inspired the creation of Arkansas's state parks system when Petit Jean State Park was established in 1923. Petit Jean State Park mirrors the mountain's rugged beauty with its rustic, native log and stone facilities constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s.

The focal point of the park's impressive CCC/Rustic Style architecture is historic Mather Lodge, a 24-room hostelry on the bluff of Cedar Creek Canyon. A meal at the lodge restaurant guarantees a breathtaking view including a dramatic sunset each evening.

Near Mather Lodge are 33 fully-equipped cabins (21 with kitchens), many of which share the same bluff. Cedar Creek Canyon is the work of Cedar Creek, which cascades as a spectacular 95-foot waterfall. Upstream, a rock dam forms Lake Bailey, 170 acres for fishing and pedal boating. A boathouse offers a snack bar, boat rentals, and supplies for sale during summer.

Our fully equipped housekeeping cabins include: sofa-bed, fireplace, full kitchen, bath/shower, air conditioner/heater, television. Also included are basic dishes, pots & pans, utensils, range, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, blender, iron & board, blankets, pillows, towels and linens. Grill and picnic table are located on the patio. There are no telephones in the cabins.

Our overnight cabins include fireplace, bath/shower, air conditioner/heater, television. Also included are coffee maker iron & board, blankets, pillows, towels and linens. There is no kitchen, living area, or phones in these cabins. Grilling or cooking is not allowed in the area where these cabins are located.

Park campsites (127 sites including Premium D, Premium B, Preferred B, and Standard B sites) are situated near Lake Bailey and in secluded woodlands. The park also offers a Group Camp Area, a Rally-style Area, two Rent-A-Camp sites, and two Rent-A-Tepee sites. The park airport offers five Fly-in Premium D campsites (for tents only).

Lodge rooms have beautiful pine walls and ceilings. Guests at the Lodge are quickly enchanted with our perfect mix of rustic surroundings and modern conveniences. All rooms have TV's with satellite connection, clock radio, coffee pots, ironing boards, irons, no telephones.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
April 15 What a wonderful surprise
Driving to it, amazing around flat land with this large mountain in the middle! We were driving to Colorado and this was a planned 2 night lay over for us. Just fantastic all the way around. Awesome hiking, the waterfall. Sites were private. A fantastic find...highly recommend!
March 18
I have been going to Petit Jean Mountain since 1963. I will never get tired of it. Larry Churchill
July 31 Great Get Away by JP
This is a great get away, we have been to this park several times. The first was tent camping and recently we stayed in the cabins. We have enjoyed both events. The hicking trails are well kept and provide outstanding views of the park.

Area Campgrounds
Ivys Cove RV Retreat
321 Bradley Cove Road
Russellville , AR

For westbound travelers on I-40, take I-40 Exit #108 at Morrilton and travel nine miles south on Ark. 9, then go 12 miles west on Ark. 154 to the park. For eastbound travelers on I-40, take Exit #81 at Russellville and travel Ark. 7 south 10 miles to Centerville, then go 16 miles east on Ark. 154 to the park.


Arkansas State Parks